Chelsea secure Hudson-odoi on five-year contract
Chelsea have announced that Callum Hudson-odoi has signed a new five-year contract that has made him one of the highest-earning teenagers in world football.
Hudson-odoi has agreed a £120,000-a-week deal which, over the course of the next five years, could earn the 18-year-old a total of £31.2 million.
Chelsea will recoup some of that by making Hudson-odoi the club’s new poster boy to replace Eden Hazard, who joined Real Madrid in the summer.
It is expected that over the course of the next year Hudson-odoi will become Chelsea’s most marketable asset and he is likely to get Hazard’s No10 shirt once Willian leaves.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Hudson-odoi. “It’s been a long wait, but it’s done now and I’m really happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.
“I want to lift as many trophies as possible, win as many games as possible and contribute to as many goals as I can as well. As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best results we can. I’m delighted everything has been agreed and now I’m just looking forward to properly getting back.”
The news is another huge boost to head coach Frank Lampard and comes on the back of new contracts for Ruben Loftus-cheek, Mason Mount and Billy Gilmour. Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James are also expected to commit their long-term futures to the club.
“I have seen Callum come through and he’s a fantastic talent,” said Lampard. “He is going to be central for us on the pitch and that is the opportunity in front of him.
“There are things as a young player that he will want to improve but he can be central to this team and for England. I want to work with him, I want to drive him forward and I want to improve him as a player.
Hudson-odoi had asked to leave Chelsea in January as he chased a move to Bayern Munich, but he has since been reassured of his firstteam chances at the club.
Director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are all excited about the prospect of seeing Callum continue to blossom in the years ahead.”
Hudson-odoi played 60 minutes for the Under-23s against Brighton last Friday and is now on the brink of returning to Lampard’s firstteam squad.
By Matt Law
Poster boy: Chelsea will seek to make Callum Hudsonodoi their most marketable asset